How Mamaroneck Voted on Election Day

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Local races and results: Unofficial Results

(updated results can be viewed on the Board of Election's website here)

Village of Mamaroneck, three open trustee seats

Candidates # of votes Percentage of vote Dennis Cucinella (R)
2,251 16 George Belsito (R)
2,160 15 Michael Sudano (R)
2,630 18 Andres Bermudez Hallstrom (D)
2,461 17 Ilissa Miller (D)
2,409 17 Leon Potok (D)
2,510 17


Mamaroneck Village Justice (results not yet posted on Board of Elections):

Candidates # of votes Percentage of votes Jennifer Bienstock Cohen (R)
2,539 Daniel J. Gallagher (D)


Town of Mamaroneck, one open trustee seat

Candidates # of votes Percentage of votes Jaine Elkind Eney (D)
5,928 66 Jay Rubin (R)
3,107 34


Mamaroneck Town Justice

Candidates # of votes Percentage of votes Ronald W. Meister (D)
5,860 65 Robert A. Sternbach (R)
3,156 35


U.S. House of Representatives, District 16
422 Districts out of   545 Reporting (77)%

Candidates # of votes Percentage of vote Eliot Engel (D) 73,870 68%
Joseph McLaughlin (R) 32,982 30%
Joseph Diaferia (Green) 1,408 1%


New York State Assembly District 91

Candidates # of votes Percentage of vote Steve Otis (D) 19,283 65 William Villanova (R) 10,384 35


New York State Senate District 37

Candidates # of votes percentage of vote Bob Cohen (R) 39,771 45 George Latimer (D) 47,862 55

Update: 11/7/12

According to the most recent results from the Westchester Board of Elections indicate that Andres Bermudez Hallstrom, Leon Potok and Republican candidate Michael Sudano are the new trustees in the Village of Mamaroneck. 

Last night, it intitially appeared that all three Democratic candidates were victorious over the Republican candidates, however, the latest numbers indicate that that that assumption may have been a bit premature.

The mood at the Village of Mamaroneck Democratic Party's gathering place tonight, Roasted Peppers, was one of elation when unofficial results were read from the Westchester Board of Elections that showed the three Democratic candidates—Andres Bermudez Hallstrom, Ilissa Miller and Leon Potok—as winning three seats on the Board of Trustees.

"I'm truly honored to be able to represent you in the village—I'm looking forward to it," said Miller, speaking to her new constituents. 

Bermudez Hallstrom, the 29-year-old Washingtonville resident, gesturing to Potok and Miller, said, "Today's victory is very much sweetened by my wonderful running mates." He also thanked his fiancee, Angela, a Mamaroneck resident.

"It's very gratifying to be chosen—it's a great honor to be elected to public office," said Bermudez Hallstrom, adding that his first order of business once in office would be to examine how prepared the village is for future storms.

Potok was more blunt in his assessment of the results: "It's better to win than to lose—we look forward to the challenges of it."

Although the turnout in this year's election was high due to the presidential race, Potok said, "[It was] not as much as I think of in a typical year because of the storm and the fact that there was no debate." The second round of debates—which would have included the candidates for village trustee—was canceled last week. 

Competing with candidates for the nation's highest office also has its downsides. "It's hard to convince people they have more of an impact with local elections," he said.

Mamaroneck Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Saenger also expressed her thoughts on the election's outcome, which will cause the Board of Trustees to have a Democratic majority.

"We're very gratified—we didn't know what to expect," she said, continuing, "This is great for the whole village."


At the Chatsworth Gardens Apartments, a District 11 polling location in Larchmont, turnout was very good compared to last year, said election workers, with a total of 343 voters and several more affidavits as of 7:30 p.m. Neither Hurricane Sandy nor the bitterly cold temperatures appears to have affected the turnout in what is proving to be a landmark election year.

Although polls were due to close in an hour and a half, several voters stood at ballot stations filling out their forms to be fed into the machine that would scan their results.

Later tonight, in the Village of Mamaroneck, three new trustees and a new village justice will be elected.  In the Town of Mamaroneck, a new trustee and new village justice will also be on the ballot. 

As our attention turns from Sandy to Election Day, stay with Patch for live updates on all-things political.

Our Election Hub will house information and updates on the candidates, races, polling places and more. And when the voting stations close at 9 p.m. Tuesday, we'll be posting the results as they come in.

Editor's Note: An update regarding the trustees elected in the Village of Mamaroneck was added to an original version of this article.

SRT November 07, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Congratulations to everyone! Please check the vote totals. in the Village elections you have Sudano getting more votes than the other candidates. Also, the BOE link does not show the totals for the local candidates. Can we get a link for that.
Mary Too November 07, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Here is the link for the County BOE, which also shows Sudano with the most votes: . http://www.westchestergov.com/boe99/link07.aspx .
SRT November 07, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Hi Mary Too, Hope you are well. Thanks for the link. Any idea what the real numbers are? Some thing is wrong.
Mary Too November 07, 2012 at 03:34 PM
. There is something SERIOUSLY wrong with the numbers that are flying around. I don't think that EITHER party should be counting their chickens. See http://www.hometwn.com/uncategorized/village-republicans-gain-trustee-majority/ .
SRT November 07, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I agree Mary, those chickens can be hard to count. Thanks for the links.
Stefani Kim November 07, 2012 at 07:14 PM
The article has been updated. Best, Stefani
MARY November 07, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Stefani, Are your numbers for the V?M election official?
SRT November 07, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Thanks Stefani, I just heard that there is a re-count being performed at the Board of Elections. Can you confirm that?
Stefani Kim November 08, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Hi, I have heard that final numbers will be available from the BOE tomorrow afternoon. Will update as soon as I hear anything. Best, Stefani
Tom Murphy November 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
It has been my experience over many years that the numbers on the Board of Elections website are notoriously wrong until at least 2 weeks after the election. The numbers that the campaigns pulled on election night are ALWAYS much more accurate. The BOE is a temple of incompetence. The 2 commissioners are respectively the Chairmen of the County Republican and Democratic party. They are 2 party hacks that couldn't organize a three car funeral. It makes this county look like a third world banana republic. The adminstration of our elections should be beyond reproach. We should all be embarassed by this situation. Anyway the 3 Dems won in the Village. Congrats to all the candidates for being willing to serve. They are all good people.
Mary Too November 08, 2012 at 12:51 AM
. Tom, with all due respect, I too can vouch for the fact that the BOE numbers are never accurate. However, this time there is a clear difference. The numbers that were announced after 9 PM at the polls vary GREATLY from those on the BOE website. Granted the BOE reflects only 13 out of 15 districts, but when you look at the numbers, two districts can't possibly account for the vast difference in the numbers. As I stated earlier, if I were either party I wouldn't be counting my chickens. .
Tom Murphy November 08, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Mary Too with all due respect a common thread that runs through your posts is that while you are not always right you are always certain. In 2004 I ran and the BOE website had me 5th in a six person race for 2 weeks. I was hundreds of votes behind according to them. From the pull on election night I knew I was the highest vote getter. Folks were offering me condolences and telling me to try again. I would tell people that I won and they would look at me like I was nuts and then gentley tell me to check the website and pat me on the shoulder. Needless to say I was the highest vote getter when the totals were made official. I have seen that happen time and time again since. The three Dems won. I have seen the pull from election night. I will speak no further on this matter.
SRT November 08, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Thanks Stefani
Mary Too November 08, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Tom Murphy November 10, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Time has told. Dems are ahead after the county actually counted the votes. Don't hate to say I told you so. County BOE is ridiculously inept but when you employ nothing but party hacks to protect democracy this is what you get. Why doesn't the League of Women voters address this issue.
Chief Siwanoy November 12, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Why hasn't the Patch updated this news story? The Journal News reports that the Democratic candidates won all three open seats on the Board of Trustees: Updated numbers Friday from the Westchester County Board of Elections for the votes in Rye and Mamaroneck gave a clearer picture of the outcomes there. In Mamaroneck, the Democrats running for the Village Board of Trustees appear to have taken the three available seats. Among the Democrats, Ilissa Miller received 3,310 votes, Leon Potok got 3,155 and Andres Hallstrom got 3,084. Michael Sudano received 3,021 votes; Dennis Cucinella, another Republican, got 2,842; and George Belsito got 2,769, according to the Board of Elections.
Stefani Kim November 13, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Hi, I checked the Board of Elections website and the numbers appear not to have been updated since my original report last week. I will contact them for the updated tallies, if available. Best, Stefani
Chief Siwanoy November 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Has anyone reminded the Board of Elections that the election of new Board of Trustees needs to be decided by early December of this year?! Really, this is raising a red flag concerning the legitimacy of the management of the BOE.
Chief Siwanoy November 27, 2012 at 04:03 PM
For the Record as of 11/21/2012: http://www.westchestergov.com/boe99/link07.aspx Office TRUSTEE-VIL OF MAMARONECK VOTE-FOR-THREE PARTY 15 Districts out of 15 Reporting (100)% Votes Percent DEM ANDRE B HALLSTROM 3,302 17% DEM ILISSA MILLER 3,523 18% DEM LEON A POTOK 3,361 17% REP MICHAEL J SUDANO 2,801 15% CON MICHAEL J SUDANO 366 2% MICHAEL J SUDANO Totals 3,167 16% REP GEORGE J BELSITO 2,552 13% CON GEORGE J BELSITO 289 2% IND GEORGE J BELSITO 80 0% GEORGE J BELSITO Totals 2,921 15% REP DENNIS P CUCINELLA 2,629 14% CON DENNIS P CUCINELLA 358 2% DENNIS P CUCINELLA Totals 2,987 16% Office Totals 19,261 100% Office CNCILMAN-UNEXP-MAMARONECK PARTY 28 Districts out of 28 Reporting (100)% Votes Percent DEM JAINE ELKIND ENEY 7,468 66% REP JAY RUBIN 3,935 35% Office Totals 11,403 100% Office TOWN JUSTICE-MAMARONECK PARTY 28 Districts out of 28 Reporting (100)% Votes Percent DEM RONALD W MEISTER 7,365 65% REP ROBERT A STERNBACH 3,981 35% Office Totals 11,346 100%


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